DAVID BUEL Jr. 1857 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOBIOGRAPHY HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF TROY NEW YORK'S MOST PROMINENT CITIZENS OF THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY
TROY NEW YORK NY 1857 Good Transcript
On offer is a super, original manuscript autobiography handwritten by Mr. David Buel Jr. who retrospectively recorded his memories and anecdotes etc. in 1857, a mere three years before his death. The journal is a fascinating detailed sketch of his family, travel, life events, genealogy, etc. starting with his birth in October 1784 through 1830s but we note 1853 references on the last page. He writes of being a member of the Constitutional Congress of 1821, his mother's death in 1826, a voyage to Savannah on the Steam Boat George Washington, travel to Martinique and Nevis in 1812, and much more. The 8" x 10" leather bound lined ledger book has narrative on the first 40 pages. Bumping to extremities. Some loosening to hinges. Marbled endpapers. Overall G. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES: One online source provides: Hon. David Buel, Jr. Born Litchfield, Conn., Oct. 22, 1784. Died in Troy., N.Y., August 16, 1860. Mr. Buel's obit stated: "For more than a generation, says the Troy Daily Whig, Judge BUEL has been one of the best known and highly esteemed citizens of Troy. Prominent at the Bar, he was as well for many years very active and efficient in all public concerns, in both city and country. He always enjoyed public confidence, and was most faithful and devoted to any cause which enlisted his energies. In 1821 he was a member of the Convention which revised the Constitution of this State. He distinguished himself in that body in the discussion of several important questions. He held the office of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for several years, receiving the office first from the old Council of Appointment. Ill health obliged him to resign this position in 1827. Spending some three years in the South, soon after, in pursuit of health, he returned, and devoted himself to his profession, avoiding public life. In 1842 he was appointed one of the State Regents of the University, which office he held at the time of his death. We cannot enumerate the various positions of honor and trust, connected with business, charitable and religious interests, which the deceased held in later years. They were numerous, and every duty belonging to them was discharged with rigid fidelity. In religious faith he was an Episcopalian, and for many years, to the time of his decease, he was senior Warden of St. Paul's Church. Judge BUEL was born in Litchfield, Conn., Oct. 22, 1784. His father, DAVID BUEL, moved to Troy in 1798, and resided here until his death in 1836. DAVID, Jr., entered Williams College in the Fall of 1802, and graduated in 1805, and soon after began the study of the law at Albany, in the office of DAVID JONES, where his fellow-students were JOHN C. SPENCER and WHEELER BARNES; He concluded his studies in the office of ABRAM VAN VECHTEN. He commenced the practice of the law of Troy in 1809, and remained an industrious laborer in the profession until 1854, when failing health compelled him to abandon it. Though for a long time feeble under the weight of years, it was only last week that his last illness was deemed of an alarming nature. He endured all with patience, and without complaint. His exit from the world was calm and peaceful -- so that the sleep of death could hardly be distinguished from the sleep of exhausted nature. Throughout his sickness he retained his consciousness and his eye of intelligence even when from bodily weakness he was unable to speak. The last public appearance of Judge BUEL was as Chairman of the meeting of the Bar called on the occasion of the death of the late JOB PIERSON."